Altoids Prank

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Introduction: Altoids Prank

About: I'm a husband, a parent and an 8th grade science teacher.

This is a simple prank for Trick-or-treaters. It only requires a window alarm and an Altoids tin. I picked up an alarm at the dollar store.  For a buck a piece you can make one for every trick-or-treater in the neighborhood (just the people you know).

Step 1:

First, clean the tin so the double sided tape that comes with the alarm can stick. You will also need to test out the alarm (it was only a dollar so quality is not the best). Try to resist from quoting Boondock Saints while looking at the criminal in the picture. 

Connor: Okay, Roc...
[Connor looks at him and laughs; his mask is badly put on]
Rocco: What? You guys got masks.
Murphy: You look like Mush Mouth from Fat Albert.
[as they keep giggling, Rocco takes his mask off]
Rocco: Fine! F**k it. When we're done, she can ID me. I don't care. Just trying to be professional, but nooooo...
Connor: It looks fine!
Rocco: F**k it.
Connor: Now shut the F**k up, you look good. Put it on! You look F**kin' scary, man!
[Rocco puts his mask on, again badly]
Connor: [trying not to laugh] Now Roc, are you sure that you're obee-kay-bee?

Step 2:

Place the sensor centered on the lid and close to the edge, like in the picture. It comes with a sticky backing so peel off the wax paper and stick it to the lid. It is not important if you are off a bit.

Next is the loud part, place the alarm body close to where you think it should go (no tape yet) and turn it on.The alarm will sound until you close the lid. After it's closed, it should shut off, but if it does not then just lightly shake it into place until it shuts off. Without moving the alarm body, open the lid and trace around it so you can remove the wax paper and stick it into the same place. 

Step 3:

You are done! now when it opens 90db alarm will startle even the toughest trick-or-treater!

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    This is so aaawwwwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Dollar Tree carries these or at least they did a few months ago. My grandmother bought one of these alarms for her house.

    I'm sad nobody noticed the change to the logo, so I will shamelessly point it out.

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    I'd suggest putting some Altoids (or something similar) back in to make it the right weight, and so you can feel them shaking around and making their noise - otherwise they might know something's up!

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    you have the most disgusting altoids boxes in the world!

    What's with all the cussing?!

    hahahahaha this just reminded me of how i found a thing of altoids on my science teachers desk! I was like "oooooh! Altoids!" and She told me to open it and i did .There was a huge,dead cock roach in it

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    LOL , I was thinking the same thing . Still it's a clever and annoying idea . Wooot

    With the lid closed it's hard to measure, but it's not impossible. I only ask why? This adds at least one more step (if not more) and seems, from experience, unnecessary. I'm not against the ruler, I even own a few ;). Step 2 took seconds and is 100% accurate because you know the magnet lines up. Just in my defense gpiatt has only commented once (see above) so I did not feel the need to explain. You on the other hand seem like an active and respectful member.

    Seriously I'm a ruler kind of guy . Whatever method happens to work best . In my job sometimes measuring works best and other times to get those impossible to measure fit ups you need to make a scribe fit . Which this is effectively I guess . Regardless its a sweet little project and thanks for sharing it with us .